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We can imagine a modern-day Virgil leading us through the various circles of corporate misconduct.  Perhaps the first circle is for greed and populated by overpaid executives, the second circle contains the polluters, the next for lobbyists for special tax breaks and another for those involved in regulatory demolition.
At the ninth circle, we find the most egregious forms of corporate misconduct — companies who provide misleading or fraudulent information about their own products.  Such behavior is a risk to the public that the company is uniquely positioned to understand.  It is worse than simple thievery because those who are most knowledgeable use their knowledge to mislead their customers.
When Dante wrote Inferno, he described the ninth circle of hell as the deepest one, where treachery resides and where hosts betray their guests:
By effect of his malicious thoughts,
Trusting in him I was made prisoner,
And after put to death.
(Inferno, Canto XXXIII)
So it is with companies in the ninth circle.  We are indeed prisoners when we unwittingly trust malicious companies who invite us as guests into their showrooms.  These firms know about their dangerous products, withhold that knowledge, subvert science to advance their narrow commercial interests and put their guests to death.
    —     William Nordhaus
From his article:  “The Ninth Circle Of Corporate Irresponsibility
Sub-titled:  “Reassessing The Impact Businesses Have On The Planet
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  Dtd:  26 April 2021
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The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
     —    Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    —    Edmund Burke
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The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
      —    Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri
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A work of art (even cartoon art) is never really finished;  it is abandoned.
   —    Brooke McEldowney
Pibgorn (originally in 2001, but appearing on 31 March 2005):  http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2005/03/31
Nature is the art of God.
   —    Durante (Dante) degli Alighieri
[“Pibgorn” is one of several cartoon / comics I follow. It’s well worth your checking out.    —    kmab]
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